August Uppercase Box

august2I love coming home to a brand new Uppercase Box! This month’s book selection is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West:

Signed, sealed, delivered… While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

My first reaction is that I tend to not like books featuring high school students. I used to LOVE them. When I was in middle school and high school, I ate stuff like this up with a spoon – couldn’t get enough of it. But these days, when I try to read fiction set in modern day high school, I bristle. Why are these characters so immature? I think. I can’t identify with them anymore (You know, because I’m SOOOO mature and worldly now *scoffs*). But I think I’ve been spoiled with YA sci-fi/fantasy, because I’ve had pretty good luck with the quality of writing and story. Sci-fi/fantasy has higher stakes, and is often more exciting to me. But I’ll definitely put this book on the to-read shelf for a day when I’m looking for a light, fun read.

augustAgain, the book-themed extras are excellent in this box. We have a poster with a quote from P.S. I Like You, a realllyyyyy cute notepad that is book-themed, with illustrations of cups of tea and book pages all over it, and an amazing necklace, a banner with the phrase “Once Upon a Time” across it. The necklace claims to be an Uppercase Box exclusive, although I swear it’s currently sitting in my wishlist…

I’ve already worn the necklace twice (I had to take it off in order to take pictures of it!), and the notepad now graces my desk along with the pencils and sticky notes from last month’s Uppercase Box. Keep up the good work, Uppercase Box gurus!


July Uppercase Box

(Sorry for the delayed posts – I’ll keep up in the future!)

Another month, another delightful box of bookish goodies! Here is the July Uppercase Box!

This month’s book is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I am excited because 1.) I quite liked Schwab’s adult sci-fi/fantasy books, Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic, and 2.) the book just sounds pretty cool:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Oooh, tension, intrigue, romance, and monsters. Count me in.


Along with This Savage Song, we have a button asking “Human or Monster?” as well as two delightful desk items: a package of Vintage “Stickies” – sticky notes, page markers, etc. – and bookworm-themed pencils. I am particularly fond of the page markers that look like book spines, and the pencils are great too, with phrases like “Read More, Sleep Less,” “Professional Bookworm,” and “#Booknerd.” Both of them will have a place of pride on my desk, next to my vintage typewriter 🙂

My Owl Crate gift subscription is up as of last month, but that’s probably a good thing, as both subscription boxes sent the same book again! So if you’re in the market for a fun monthly book subscription, I’d recommend going with either Uppercase Box OR Owl Crate, and not both. The probability that both companies send you the same book is just getting too high. Both are excellent, and I have greatly enjoyed both of them. I will say that while Uppercase Box seems to send fewer book-themed goodies in every box, they seem to be of higher quality and functionality, at least to me. I know I’ll keep these fun sticky notes and pencils on my desk, and that I’ll use them. But I will also put a note in Owl Crate’s favor: they introduced me to a lot of cool Etsy artists and small businesses that deal with fun, nerdy accessories and gift ideas that I otherwise would not have found.

& Fridays: Uppercase Box June

I got my Uppercase Box this month a few days after Owl Crate. And as soon as I eagerly yanked the book from the Uppercase drawstring bag, my heart sank. If you read my Owl Crate post last week, you can guess why.

juneIt’s the same book! My Lady Jane, written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. The silly-sounding one about vaguely-historical characters and a man that turns into a horse during the day.

If anything, this proves that the publicist or agent or whoever is in charge of getting word of the book out there in the world is doing a good job. He or she convinced two book subscription companies to include this book in their boxes in the same month. And I don’t exactly expect Uppercase Box and Owl Crate to be in communication together, making sure they do not send out the same thing, but it feels disappointing nonetheless. I wouldn’t buy the same book twice unless I knew I loved it and I wanted to get a copy for a friend, etc.

june3I might hand off one of these copies to a fellow YA fan. There’s no room on my bookshelf or reason to keep two copies.

Moving on! The goodies this month are a spectacular woodgrain Deathly Hallows magnet that immediately got put in a place of honor on my fridge, and a light canvas bag with a fun illustration, crying out “I read, therefore I fangirl.” I believe it’s the same artist who created the YA-quote calendar I got in January, actually…

When it comes down to it, I would not normally spend the amount of money an Uppercase Box or Owl Crate costs on the goodies that came in this month’s subscriptions. Yes, it is disappointing that both companies chose the same book, but that’s what I get for loving books so much that I subscribed to more than one book box!

& Friday: Uppercase Box May

It’s another month, so you know what that means: more book subscription boxes!!

May's Uppercase Box, in all its orange-y glory!

May’s Uppercase Box, in all its orange-y glory!

This month’s Uppercase Box is very color themed – warm oranges and reds. This month’s book is Girl Against the Universe by Paula Love and here’s the description:

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought. From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.

may5Woah. Very heavy-sounding. A lot of the praise for this book seems to come from its treatment of therapy and recovery and trauma. Apparently it handles all of this very well. The rest of the description sounds very teen romance-y. A blurb on the back of the novel writes that it’s one of the best “sports fiction” pieces in a long while. That part made me balk a little bit. I’m not a big sports person, nor do I typically reach for novels that deal a lot with the world of sports. But aside from that, is this a sports-heavy novel? Or is it very interior, dealing with the mentality of trauma and therapy? And then is it a super gooey romance? Is it all of the above?

Again, not something I would reach for on the shelf at my bookstore, but that is by no means a bad thing! Exposure to new books people find fascinating and great is the appeal of these subscription boxes.


That and all the book goodies. This month, it is a sticker and two bookmarks for Girl Against the Universe – one bookmark with the codes for extra content that come in each Uppercase Box, and another in Universe’s orange-tone, with blurbs raving about the book.

Also included are several cutely illustrated postcards emblazoned with “Welcome to paradise!” and featuring several fictional places from popular novels: the arena from The Hunger Games (although I don’t know anyone who would want to vacation there), the Shire from The Lord of the Rings, what I think is Hogwarts, and then the castle from Leigh Bardugo’s Girsha trilogy. There are several postcards and I was a little surprised that they were all the same print. I do have a couple of people I can send postcards to though…

And finally, a blend of tea from Fictionteas cleverly titled “Don QuixoTea,” as well as a Pride & Prejudice themed bookmark from Fictionteas as well. I am not a big tea drinker (I know! Books and tea so often go hand in hand!), but I have some bookworm friends that might enjoy a good, themed tea.

All in all, this box was a little different from ones past. Maybe it’s just that the book and tea weren’t to my personal tastes, which certainly isn’t to Uppercase Box’s fault! Or maybe I’m spoiled and the fact that there were less book goodies this month had me scratching my head.

& Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Science Fiction/Fantasy. Publisher: Tor Teen January 2016

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Science Fiction/Fantasy. Publisher: Tor Teen January 2016

The Book Itself: Dramatic witch is dramatic. I don’t know how practical that outfit would be when on the run, but it gives you a good idea on what the author is thinking for the character at lease.

My Review: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble–as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her–but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Look! A book from an Uppercase Box (take a look at when I opened this one here)! This has all the trappings of a good fantasy series: strong leads, a complex magic system, a hint of romance, etc. And for the most part, it’s solid. The action keeps you reading at a good pace and the author’s focus on female friendship rather than ooey-gooey romance is nice. I struggled a bit with the world-building and logistics of the magic these girls so potently wield.

So we’ve got a Truthwitch, a Threadwitch, a Windwitch, and a Bloodwitch. The least clear of all of these, even from name alone, is the Threadwitch. One of our main characters, Iseult, sees the threads that bind the people around her – essentially their relationships and apparently, their emotions. She also cannot see her own threads. I have so many questions already. I imagine being in crowds would be extremely uncomfortable: so many threads and emotions, and wouldn’t it be hard to see? Are the threads rather transparent? How powerful does this gift make you, really? So you know a man and woman are romantically involved. So you can tell when a friend is secretly angry with you. People react to Iseult because of her race, but is being a Threadwitch seen as an overly powerful gift? And once we meet Iseult’s family, we find out they can make Threadstones – stones that can relieve pain, link two people together over great distances, etc. Why does seeing the ties that bind also give them an affinity with stones? How do they make Threadstones?

You see, the mind spins with questions. I don’t notice that I’m thinking of these questions until Safi, our Truthwitch, mentions that her power (sorry, witchery), can also detect when she herself is telling a lie. So only Threadwitches are blocked from their own power? Wait, does everyone have a witchery? Does it develop? Is it hereditary? Are those with witchery considered superior than those without? Are they universally feared? Loved?

My questions mount, and I don’t really get any answers. The world-building and society structure are wobbily at best in this story. There’s a war going on that no one seems to want, but is considered an inevitability. There’s an Emperor, but I’m not sure who or what he rules over. And tell me about the witchery! It’s the central theme of the book, so I want more detail. A lot more detail.

But I’ll digress from that. Safi and her love interest dance at a ball and fall in love. It’s literally a Cinderella moment. I would hate this, would roll my eyes at the insta-love that plagues YA fiction, but it’s not all smooth sailing from there. Safi leaves the ball in a chase scene (okay, also very Cinderella). And a few dozen misunderstandings means our star-crossed lovers aren’t just ride off into the sunset types. They’re both stubborn as hell, for one thing. So it’s a little more complex than their first meeting would have you believe. I’m glad for that.

I love the female friendship in this. Safi and Iseult play off of each other and have a great bond, even when they’re physically in different locations in the story. And the Bloodwitch seems very compelling and interesting, even though I don’t quite understand why he’s hunting down these girls. Does their blood just smell really good?

Ultimately, I’m left with a bucket load of questions and a plot that seemed to move in a linear way, but was tough to flesh out. I’m not sure if I’d pick up the sequel. We’ll see when the release date gets closer (here’s looking at you, January 2017…)

P.S. it also bugged me that we had to hear the colors Iseult saw as people’s emotions. There were so many that I couldn’t keep track of consistency (was loneliness always orange? Was anger consistently  burgundy?). It really took me out of the story to read something like “Iseult saw his/her threads flash ochre with compassion, then azure for relief, and finally mauve for resentment.” I am over-embellishing here, but it did feel both over the top and dragging.

My Grade: C-

& Fridays: Uppercase Box April 2016

Why hello, my lovely pals!

I hope your week is treating you well! Mine certainly was once this month’s Uppercase Box landed on my doorstep. It’s such a nice treat during the week when you come home and a box full of a new book and book-themed surprises is waiting for you.

Uppercase Box April 2016!

Uppercase Box April 2016!

So here it is! This month’s book is Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw. Description is as follows:

Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

It’s definitely a very high-school-y sounding book (which is of course the age group for YA…). I do like the sound of the fanfiction/fandom aspect, and it has received excellent reviews. I shall give it a shot (to the never ending To-Be-Read pile it goes!!)

I also received a little invitation to #IReadYA Week, along with a fun pin. Looks like I should pick up a YA book and Tweet, Instagram, and blog about it during the week of May 2nd – 6th!

Harry Potter things. Le swoon...

Harry Potter things. Le swoon…

And then of course, the way to my heart: Harry Potter stuff. The poster by an artist named @risarodil (at least on Instagram) is GORGEOUS. You know me and simple graphics! IN LOVE.

And these bookmarks!! Make me swoon, look how cute little Buckbeak and little Hagrid are! I have gone through @beedooto’s Instagram posts, and I might have to buy the trio set of bookmarks with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. How amazing!

And every girl needs an Advanced Spells book in her back pocket. You know, for quick reference for magic (or story or blog ideas!)

It is a fantastic box this month. I probably would not have picked up this book to look at in a bookstore, so it’s nice to have something come to me so highly recommended. I would not have been exposed to it otherwise. And I love seeing Buckbeak hanging out in my book every day J

& Fridays: March Uppercase Box

If you haven’t heard about Uppercase Box, go ahead and backtrack to a couple of my previous reviews here and here. I received a gift subscription for Christmas to this lovely service that sends you one newly released YA title, signed by the author, as well as a couple of book-themed items once per month. It’s terrific.

So there are three options for Uppercase Box. The first is book only. The second is the book and some book-themed goodies. And the third is a book selected pertaining to your interests, as well as those book goodies. I have the second option. But judging by the past three boxes or so, you would think I had the third option, with books picked specifically for me!

My best friend actually sent me a photo of this book cover a few weeks ago and said “Should we read this?” I read the description and decided that yes, we should. Luckily I didn’t buy it (unlike last month where I had already purchased the book that was sent to me – oops!) because here it is in this month’s Uppercase Box!


The cover is gorgeous and the description sound very action-y and atmospheric. Here’s the description of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Romance-y, baddassery…hopefully it’s as awesome as it sounds.


And what are the book-themed goodies, you might ask? Well, they’re pretty sweet as well. An author-signed bookplate, notecards having to do with the book plot that you could use as bookmarks, decoration, symbols of your undying fandom, etc. etc. etc. An awesome magnet that everyone needs everywhere for everything (although could I actually read more?)

Annnnd these amazing quotation earrings. I actually have teeny tiny silver quotation earrings, but these are the perfect size! Not too big and obnoxious, but not too small as to disappear entirely so no one knows you’re wearing them.


Ahhhhhh…..that’s my happy book place. Thank you Uppercase Box, once again!

Sign up for a gift subscription here!

& Friday: February Uppercase Box

Another month, another Uppercase Box! I am really loving this subscription. I am always really happy to see it waiting for me in the mail, and I love the book-themed goodies in addition to a shiny new addition to my to-read shelf. And this month did not disappoint – it might be my favorite one yet!

The first thing I saw as peeled open this month’s canvas bag (really need to figure out how to repurpose these – they’d make great cord and charger wranglers, maybe for travel!) was a sky blue scarf WITH WORDS ON IT. A REAL, HONEST TO GOD BOOK SCARF!!

So already, me and this box were going to get along.


The scarf comes complete with quotes from Anne of Green Gables, a classic I am ashamed to say that I have not yet read (I can hear your gasps of shock from here. I know, I know. I told you I am a terrible classics reader!) But since it is one of my New Year’s Resolutions to read more classics, I might have to remedy that soon!

This month’s book is Starflight by Melissa Landers. Now, I was bad, and I have already purchased and read this book before my box came in! Uppercase is awesome because it sends you brand spanking new books – only released this month. And they’re not about to send you sequels in series you haven’t started. But I had heard about Starflight in a couple of publications and bought it on a whim on a recent trip to the bookstore. At the time, I didn’t even think about my Uppercase Box in the mail, or whether or not it might include this one. If I had, I would have refrained from buying it just in case my box included it.

But it really isn’t an issue to me. I really liked the book (see Monday’s review), and now I have a beautiful, signed copy! Now I can foist my first copy on a friend without worrying about her getting it back to me 😉

The book comes with the bookmark with codes for special features (a great tie-in to the books they’re sending). And a poster with a quote from the book. Some girls have boy bands or movie stars on their walls, I just might have walls wallpapered in book quote posters…


Another Starflight goodie: nail wraps featuring the cover art! What an awesome idea! It helps that Starflight has a great cover with a space theme that lends itself to cool-looking nails. But I also use nail wraps all the time, so I might be sporting Starflight nails soon! Also when I write and publish my novel, someone please get me customized nail wraps? Okay thanks.

I can’t say this was my favorite Uppercase Box yet, because I feel like that’s a little unfair: I have already read the book and know that I like it. But the book “extras” were fantastic this time!

Anybody else recently get an Uppercase Box or another subscription that they’re loving? If you could have any book cover on your nails, what would you get? Or what quotes would you like on a scarf?


& Fridays: December Uppercase Box

I mentioned Uppercase Box in my almost-belated gift-giving guide for the holidays for book lovers. In the past year or so, I feel like book subscription boxes have really taken off. Which is exciting. And also dangerous. For my wallet.

One of my lovely Christmas gifts was a few months’ subscription to Uppercase Box, one such service that sends you a hardcover YA book and a couple of book-themed goodies. Let the unboxing begin!


Yes, I did use Christmas tissue paper as a backdrop. It felt appropriate.

I love the cloth bag it comes in. They could just throw everything in a cardboard box and call it a day but this adds a nice touch. Now to find a way to repurpose it.





Ahhh the spoils – look how colorful everything is!

The book goodies this time are a gorgeous, wooden bookmark in the style of a cherry tree, and a great calendar with fun, graphic quotes of various YA books. I have a thing for bookmarks (future Friday post on that later!), and this one is almost too pretty to use (just kidding – what’s the point of a bookmark if you don’t use it?!). The calendar is a great size – compact so it won’t take up too much space on your desk or wall, but big enough to see the quotes and the books they come from. This is a great way to get reading suggestions, too!


The book, Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom sounds super interesting. I was just ruminating the other day on the thought that becoming blind would be so devastating to me. So many of the things that I love – reading, traveling, writing – involve sight. Not that I couldn’t do and appreciate all of those things if I were blind – in fact, I think I might enjoy them better, in new and different ways. But I have never read a book from the perspective of a blind character. I am excited to get to this new book on my to-read shelf!



As an added bonus, there are these neat notes every so often as you read that can unlock cool content. When I entered this code on Uppercase’s Reading Experience page, a video from the author popped up explaining some of the main character’s motivation. The page also makes sure to inform you that the video is spoiler-free, so you don’t have to worry about flipping through the book and typing in all of the codes before you have finished the story. It reminds me a little of Night Film, one of my favorite books, which also involves multimedia content to enhance its story.

So far I’m loving it all! Packaging, book goodies, and book! Anybody else get a subscription box for the holidays?

& Fridays: What Should I Get My Bookworm for the Holidays?

I know, I know, it’s a little late in the game. But, if you’re a last minute shopper, or if, like me, you have just a couple more things to pick up for a couple more people (I’m almost done, I swear!), here are a few suggestions I have from browsing the interwebs for book-themed goodies.

1.) A book-based subscription box.

I mentioned last year a service called Just the Right Book, a somewhat spendy but AWESOME subscription that sends you books every month (or every two months, a few times a year, etc.) WELL. Now more subscriptions services have been popping up, or so it seems. I’m not sure how long some of these have been around, but I am just now discovering them, so there ya go.

The contents of November 2015's Uppercase Box!

The contents of November 2015’s Uppercase Box!

Uppercase Box is a YA-literature based service that not only sends you a hardcover, YA new release book once a month, but ALSO some AMAZING book-themed accessories and/or jewelry and/or doodads to fill your little bookworm’s heart with glee. I am including some pictures from their website of past boxes. They look amazing – just the kind of fun book-themed goodie bag I want to get in the mail. You can gift someone a subscription for just books ($17/month), books with book-themed goodies ($23/month), or books and goodies personalized to the reader ($29/month). A gift subscription of a couple of months is on my wishlist this year. Should Santa be so generous, I will certainly review my boxes here on the blog!

OwlCrate is another YA subscription service (YA seems to lend itself to monthly boxes well), ALSO with awesome book-themed doodads. You can subscribe ($29.99 per month on a month to month basis, with discounts if you purchase multiple months at a time), or gift a membership of a month ($29.99) or three ($86.98) or six ($167.94).

FINALLY, Book Riot has adult fiction and non-fiction books, plus goodies, PLUS a handwritten note from the author of the book and/or curator of the box. Woah (note: I believe Uppercase Box does this as well, or at least the author’s signature). The subscription is less frequent, at a new box every 3 months, and boxes are $50.00 apiece. But they’re all so prettttyyyyy….

2.) Book-themed games


I for one HATE Monopoly. It drags on forever, and can get ludicrously complex (you can put a mansion on someone’s house in Times Square, but if I land on this next square, I get fined $2,000,000?!) BUT. BUT. I MIGHT play a Monopoly in a book theme. Don’t get stuck Watching TV or you’ll lose three turns!



Haikubes and/or Story Cubes. I got a small set of Story Cubes in my stocking one year, and they’re a lot of fun to do quick writing exercises with, or just to play around when you’re bored. Themed in sets, they have a series of pictures on their faces. You roll, you come up with a story having to do with those images, however you see fit. Or create a Haiku with these handy-dandy dice (I’m sure there’s a drinking game in there as well…)

3.) Book-themed furniture


This lamp is on my wishlist this year – after redoing my bookshelves and replacing my nightstand earlier this year, my cheap, white bedside lamp looked like it needed a refresher or replacement. I saw this in a catalog and ISN’T IT A GREAT IDEA?! A lamp with a shelf built in! I’m always cluttering my bedside table (which already has a built in shelf for books above the drawer…I may have a book-buying problem), and this would definitely free up some space while presenting some lovely books.

This is the Pottery Barn Drew Nightstand, which is not on sale anymore, but there are copycats out there (and I imagine you could make one yourself...)

This is the Pottery Barn Drew Nightstand, which is not on sale anymore, but there are copycats out there (and I imagine you could make one yourself…)

Or how about an entire bedside table intended for books? I can see the categories now…to be read…will never read but they look good at my bedside…guilty pleasures…short stories…poetry…

4.) Ummm…books? I know, I know, it seems like a crutch, right? But trust me: bibliophiles love books. It’s kind of in the name there. Whether it’s a gift card, a new hardcover, or a nice copy of one of their old favorites, that “Thank you” you hear on Christmas Day/Hanukkah will be genuine (or it should be, in any case). My humble “Best Books I’ve Read This Year” annual post will be coming up at the end of this month, but you are certainly welcome to pick my brain or comb through my reviews this past year. One of my favorite part of my jobs as a bookseller was making recommendations 🙂

Other brands to look into:


Out of Print Clothing – clever clothing and tote bags for your favorite classic novels (my best friend is into Alice in Wonderland…she’s received an Out of Print or two…)


Novel Teas – have a book loving friend who loves tea? (the two often go hand in hand…) give him/her a bag of Novel Tea, where every bag is printed with a literary quote.